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RATINGS: 1701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
With the developing interest in Belgian abbey ales and the monasteries that brew them, it’s time to remind the world that here in the U.S., we have a Monk of our own. Jazz icon Thelonious Monk is the inspiration for North Coast Brewing’s new Belgian-style abbey ale called, appropriately enough, Brother Thelonious. The beer is being released in conjunction with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (www.monkinstitute.org), and the brewery will make a contribution to the Institute for every case sold to support jazz education.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv Like a Belgian “Dark Strong Ale”, the beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9%. The package is a 750 ml bottle with a traditional cork and wire finish and features a label picturing the jazz master himself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (13612) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear dark red, dark amber to purple color, medium sized off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, sweetish, lightly iron, more sweetness. Taste malts, sweetness again, (Dutch) "taai-taai", slightly alcohol, some herbs or spices. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation. One of the best Belgian Strong Ales I’ve had I think, at least one of the best Belgian style beers from the US. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5540) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ benzai. Clear brown colour with a large off-white head. Quite the looker. Smells sweet, malts, herbs, slightly metallic. Tastes pretty herbal, cinnamon, gingerbread, taai taai, brown sugar- but not in a bad way. Full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
javiercrasher (273) - Granada, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2015
De color marrón con destellos rojizos y espuma beige de pompa grande con buena retención. Aromas a fruta madura, algo de azúcar moreno y caramelo, también se intuye el alcohol. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación media. En boca fruta madura (ciruela y pera) y caramelo. Alcohol bien integrado aunque se va haciendo presente al tomar temperatura la cerveza. Buena cerveza, necesitaría algo más de cuerpo para hacer frente al 9% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heather_B (249) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Had a bottle on 03.21.14 in a hot tub with my friends. Dark brown pour with some foamy lingering head that covers the pour. I get some dark fruits in aroma and flavor. Nicely balanced malts. Some caramel. Definitely drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (1113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2015 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet. The aroma is initially fresh baked, crusty bread and a very sweet note, not too unlike raisin or grapr hard candy (jolly ranchers / war heads?). Later this turns towards caramel apple and subtle chocolate. The beer pours a brilliant, clear, effervescent, rich red brown with a soft, sudsy tan head that has good retention and a web like, thick lace. A medium high sweetness is cut by a medium low bitter. The beer is viscous with a slick with a fizzy carbonation and a full with tones of toffee, bread, prunes, bananas, pears, and some butterscotch. The finish is mildly medicinal and peppery with a resin feel as well as a subtle alcohol and bitter, citrus note. The aftertaste is cloying with flavors of toast and jam with a bitter peppery spice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hexenhetfield (6) - MEXICO - NOV 29, 2015 does not count
Una de mis cervezas preferidas, el aroma es muy rico y tiene un cuerpo medio y es algo dulce pero rico

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle; pours brown with a beige head; sweet aroma of caramel, yeast, and dark fruits with a little sugar; taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, and yeast; finish is sweet with a little bit of spice; the beer is sweet throughout but not overpoweringly so; excellent beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (10524) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle. Raisin, apple, toffee malt, and straw aroma. Dark amber with small head. Mildly sweet raisin, toffee malt, and moderately bitter herbal citrus peel flavor. Decent body. Pretty good but kind of light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle in LA. Pours clear deep brown with brown head. Dark fruit aromas are present but a bit subtle, they become a little stronger as it warms. Mild sweetness up front, but dry smooth finish. Pretty bang on style. Great USA-brewed Belgian dark strong.

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